Top 10 English Words used according to Oxford Dictionary

  1. the
  2. be
  3. to
  4. of
  5. and
  6. a
  7. in
  8. that
  9. have
  10. I

These are the top 10 English used in the world and eduKate Tuition Centre finds entry 9. to be pretty interesting. The word “Have” as a more common word than “I” is a concept that intrigues us. Wonder how it is so. If anyone can figure out why Have is in front of I, drop us a message and see if you can explain it.

(source of list from Oxford Concise Dictionary)

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PSLE ENGLISH INTENSIVE CLASS ONLINE pt2

Vocabulary List for PSLE 100 Top Words for Occupation

PSLE Boot Camp. Online free lessons by eduKate SG. Here is the next set of notes for PSLE Intensive Class Free Online Course Singapore. For part 1, click here.

This is an online series of classes for primary school students to prepare for their PSLE by eduKate SG. It is a set of checklists of English knowledge that students should know and use during the PSLE Examinations. Kindly find out the meanings to the following:

Occupations

In a composition, it is necessary to give details for characters to take on a personality and describing occupations will be a good starting point to paint the nature of a person.

For example, “Jane takes care of animals and works in an animal clinic.” can be changed to,” Jane is a veterinarian who is kind and benevolent to animals.”

Notice that the first sentence has 11 words, but the second has 12 words but is more efficient in the delivery of multiple concepts of who Jane is? This allows students to synthesise their sentence structure and add on other information to increase their content. It makes the sentence fuller and richer in detail without being too draggy.

  1. accountant
  2. steward
  3. announcer
  4. apprentice
  5. architect
  6. artist
  7. athlete
  8. author
  9. aviator
  10. banker
  11. barber
  12. bellboy
  13. botanist
  14. captain
  15. caretaker
  16. carpenter
  17. chaperon
  18. chauffeur
  19. chef
  20. civil servant
  21. clown
  22. concierge
  23. conductor
  24. constable
  25. coroner
  26. correspondent
  27. critic
  28. curator
  29. detective
  30. dietitian
  31. diplomat
  32. director
  33. dispatch rider
  34. doctor
  35. driver
  36. editor
  37. electrician
  38. engineer
  39. examiner
  40. explorer
  41. farmer
  42. fireman
  43. fishmonger
  44. florist
  45. gardener
  46. geologist
  47. goldsmith
  48. governor
  49. grocer
  50. hawker
  51. historian
  52. interior designer
  53. interpreter
  54. inventor
  55. invigilator
  56. jeweller
  57. jockey
  58. journalist
  59. judge
  60. lawyer
  61. lecturer
  62. librarian
  63. lifeguard
  64. linguist
  65. magistrate
  66. manager
  67. mayor
  68. mercenary
  69. mimic
  70. model
  71. navigator
  72. nurse
  73. pharmacist
  74. photographer
  75. physician
  76. pilot
  77. playwright
  78. policeman
  79. politician
  80. postman
  81. programmer
  82. publisher
  83. receptionist
  84. referee
  85. reporter
  86. salesman
  87. scavenger
  88. scientist
  89. sculptor
  90. seamstress
  91. secretary
  92. sentry
  93. shepherd
  94. stevedore
  95. surgeon
  96. surveyor
  97. tailor
  98. teacher
  99. tourist
  100. translator
  101. treasurer
  102. umpire
  103. ventriloquist
  104. veterinarian
  105. violinist
  106. waiter
  107. warden
  108. zoologist

The above should be used in conjunction with other descriptive words in PSLE English and do take note that certain professions do describe a character and their nature of work brings about certain values associated with the skills of their profession.

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List A of Vocabulary Words for PSLE English

Top Five Words to ace an A* in the the PSLE English Language. Ace you English Language examinations with eduKate Singapore tutors. Call Yuet Ling +65 8222 6327 for our Primary English Classes.  Below you will find our online community development initiatives for English Language development.

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Topic: List A of Vocabulary Words for PSLE English

1) love -affectionate and passionate liking for something or someone

Synonym:-

  • affection
  • appreciation
  • devotion
  • fondness
  • friendship
  • infatuate
  • lust
  • passion
  • respect
  • tenderness
  • yearning
  • adulation
  • allegiance
  • amity
  • attachment
  • cherish
  • crush
  • delight
  • devoted
  • enchantment
  • enjoyment
  • hankering
  • idolatry
  • inclination
  • like
  • partiality
  • piety
  • rapture
  • regard
  • relish
  • sentiment
  • worship
  • zeal
  • ardency
  • mad for
  • soft spot

Antonym:-

  • animosity
  • dislike
  • enmity
  • hate
  • ill will
  • indifference
  • apathy
  • misery
  • disloyalty
  • coolness
  • sorrow
  • treachery
  • unhappiness

2) industrious- the ability to do a lot of work in a short matter of time

synonym:-

  • conscientious
  • diligent
  • energetic
  • productive
  • active
  • assiduous
  • busy
  • dynamic
  • eager
  • intent
  • involved
  • laborious
  • perky
  • persevering
  • persistent
  • plugging
  • purposeful
  • spirited
  • tireless
  • zealous

antonym

  • inactive
  • lazy
  • lethargic
  • idle
  • lackadaisical
  • slack
  • slow
  • unemployed
  • unproductive

3) optimism/optimist- a person that tends to see things on the bright side or favourable situations

synonyms:-

  • anticipation
  • certainty
  • confidence
  • elation
  • enthusiasm
  • expectation
  • happiness
  • idealism
  • trusty
  • assurance
  • brightness
  • buoyanct
  • calmness
  • cheerfulness
  • encouragement
  • exhilaration
  • hopeful
  • positive
  • sanguineness
  • looking on bright side
  • rose-tinted glasses

antonym:-

  • depression
  • distrust
  • doubt
  • fear
  • sadness
  • sorrow
  • uncertainty
  • unhappiness
  • discouragement
  • gloom
  • hopelessness
  • pessimism

4) monotony- a constant state of sameness, unchanging

synonym:-

  • colorless
  • continuity
  • dreary
  • dull
  • evenness
  • flat
  • humdrum
  • identical
  • invariability
  • likeness
  • repetitious
  • repetitiveness
  • routine
  • similarity
  • tedious
  • tiresome
  • unchangeable
  • uniformity
  • same old thing
  • wearisome

antonym:-

  • difference
  • dissimilar
  • excitement
  • lively
  • unlikeness
  • change
  • colourful
  • versatility

5) loiter- to linger aimlessly

synonym:-

  • amble
  • dawdle
  • linger
  • loung
  • ramble
  • saunter
  • traipse
  • dally
  • delay
  • drag
  • idle
  • lag
  • loaf
  • pause
  • procrastinate
  • trail
  • wait
  • pass time
  • put off
  • waste time

antonym:-

  • hurry
  • run
  • rush
  • advance
  • carry on
  • complete
  • do
  • finish
  • forge
  • forward
  • go ahead
  • hasten
  • push
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eduKate MOE SEAB PSLE English Language Materials- Top 100 Vocabulary List of Character Traits

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Compiled by eduKate SG Tuition Centre Tampines and Punggol for Primary 4, Primary 5 and Primary 6 students, used on Character Traits in eduKate SG Creative Writing Programme for kids Vocabulary worksheets. Best used to describe intensive characters effectively for PSLE SEAB English composition and vocabulary in the new Syllabus 2015 format.

The following Top100 list has expanded to 255 words and keeps growing.

  1. Active
  2. Adaptable
  3. Adventurous
  4. Affable
  5. Affectionate
  6. Aggreeable
  7. Aggressive
  8. Ambitious
  9. Amicable
  10. Amusing
  11. Annoying
  12. Arrogant
  13. Articulate
  14. Athletic
  15. Awkward
  16. Boastful
  17. Bold
  18. Bossy
  19. Brave
  20. Brash
  21. Bright
  22. Bored
  23. Broad-minded
  24. Calm
  25. Careful
  26. Careless
  27. Caring
  28. Cautious
  29. Charming
  30. Chatty
  31. Cheerful
  32. Clean
  33. Clumsy
  34. Colorful
  35. Communicative
  36. Compassionate
  37. Complex
  38. Complete
  39. Conceited
  40. Confident
  41. Considerate
  42. Conscientious
  43. Cooperative
  44. Courageous
  45. Courteous
  46. Cowardly
  47. Creative
  48. Curious
  49. Dainty
  50. Daring
  51. Dark
  52. Decisive
  53. Defiant
  54. Delusional
  55. Demanding
  56. Determined
  57. Devastated
  58. Devout
  59. Disgruntled
  60. Discerning
  61. Diligent
  62. Diplomatic
  63. Discreet
  64. Dynamic
  65. Eager
  66. Easy-going
  67. Efficient
  68. Embarrassed
  69. Empathic
  70. Emotional
  71. Enjoyable
  72. Enthusiastic
  73. Energetic
  74. Excited
  75. Exuberant
  76. Fair
  77. Faithful
  78. Fanatical
  79. Fancy
  80. Fashionable
  81. Fearless
  82. Fighter
  83. Forceful
  84. Forgiving
  85. Frank
  86. Free spirited
  87. Friendly
  88. Frustrated
  89. Fun-loving
  90. Funny
  91. Generous
  92. Gentle
  93. Giving
  94. Gorgeous
  95. Good
  96. Gracious
  97. Gregarious
  98. Grumpy
  99. Grouchy
  100. Handsome
  101. Happy
  102. Hard-working
  103. Helpful
  104. Honest
  105. Hopeful
  106. Humble
  107. Humorous
  108. Idealist
  109. Imaginative
  110. Impartial
  111. Impulsive
  112. Independent
  113. Intelligent
  114. Intellectual
  115. Intuitive
  116. Inventive
  117. Jealous
  118. Joyful
  119. Judgmental
  120. Keen
  121. Kind
  122. Knowledgeable
  123. Lazy
  124. Leader
  125. Light-hearted
  126. Likeable
  127. Lively
  128. Lovable
  129. Loving
  130. Loyal
  131. Loud
  132. Lucky
  133. Manipulative
  134. Materialistic
  135. Mature
  136. Mean
  137. Melancholy
  138. Messy
  139. Mischievous
  140. Modest
  141. Moody
  142. Naïve
  143. Nasty
  144. Neat
  145. Nervous
  146. Nice
  147. Noisy
  148. Noble
  149. Obnoxious
  150. Opinionated
  151. Organized
  152. Outgoing
  153. Optimistic
  154. Passive
  155. Passionate
  156. Patient
  157. Patriotic
  158. Pessimistic
  159. Perfectionist
  160. Personable
  161. Persistent
  162. Pitiful
  163. Pioneering
  164. Philosophical
  165. Plain
  166. Placid
  167. Pleasant
  168. Pleasing
  169. Plucky
  170. Poor
  171. Polite
  172. Popular
  173. Powerful
  174. Practical
  175. Pretty
  176. Prim
  177. Pro-active
  178. Proper
  179. Proud
  180. Questionable
  181. Quick-witted
  182. Quicksilver
  183. Quiet
  184. Radical
  185. Rational
  186. Realistic
  187. Rebellious
  188. Reflective
  189. Relaxed
  190. Reliable
  191. Religious
  192. Reserved
  193. Respectful
  194. Responsible
  195. Resourceful
  196. Reverent
  197. Rich
  198. Rigid
  199. Romantic
  200. Rude
  201. Sad
  202. Sarcastic
  203. Self-confident
  204. Self-conscious
  205. Self-disciplined
  206. Selfish
  207. Sensible
  208. Sensitive
  209. Serious
  210. Sharp
  211. Short
  212. Shy
  213. Silly
  214. Simple
  215. Simple-minded
  216. Sincere
  217. Smart
  218. Sociable
  219. Stable
  220. Straightforward
  221. Strong
  222. Stubborn
  223. Studious
  224. Stupid
  225. Successful
  226. Sympathetic
  227. Swift
  228. Tall
  229. Tantalizing
  230. Tender
  231. Tense
  232. Thoughtful
  233. Thrilling
  234. Tidy
  235. Timid
  236. Tireless
  237. Tolerant
  238. Tough
  239. Tricky
  240. Trickster
  241. Trusting
  242. Ugly
  243. Unassuming
  244. Understanding
  245. Unhappy
  246. Unique
  247. Unlucky
  248. Vain
  249. Versatile
  250. Warm
  251. Warm hearted
  252. Wild
  253. Willing
  254. Wise
  255. Witty
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Idioms for PSLE Syllabus-eduKate Tuition Centre

Top 10 Idioms for PSLE English Syllabus, Singapore-eduKate Teaching Materials.

Idioms can add spice onto the canvas of your composition writing and when appropriately used, gives a dramatic effect and shows the mastery that you have attained.  The idea here, while attempting PSLE, is to have a list of go-to tools that would cover almost every situation that you can come across. This helps pepper your composition, adding flavour and widen the spectrum of colour to your writing.

idiom-ˈɪdɪəm

-a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words (dictionary.com) Here’s 10 most useful idioms that you can use to almost every composition that you will see in PSLE.

  1. A penny for your thoughts: asking someone’s thoughts
  2. Best of both worlds: All advantages are in effect.
  3. Can’t judge a book by its cover: Cannot judge something/someone on appearance alone.
  4. Curiosity killed the cat: Being Inquisitive can lead you into an unpleasant situation.
  5. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket: Do not put all your resources in one possibility.
  6. Every cloud has a silver lining: Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.
  7. In the heat of the moment: Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.
  8. Kill two birds with one stone: To accomplish two different things at the same time.
  9. Let the cat out of the bag: To share information that was previously concealed
  10. Piece of cake: A job, task or other activity that is easy or simple.
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EduKate Singapore PSLE English Composition Writing Materials-Types of Characters

Singapore PSLE English Language Syllabus Composition Writing Section-prepared by eduKate Tuition Centre

The following is a summarised class material for PSLE EL Syllabus under topic “types of character” that shall be used by eduKate for teaching PSLE candidates in their attempt of the PSLE EL Composition writing section.

Major Characters

Major characters are characters that appear sufficiently in the story to drive the story forwards. They are also characters that will let readers identify with and bond throughout the story.

Minor Characters

Minor characters are characters that appear in localised smaller parts of the story, and could add to driving the story, or not driving the story at all. Minor characters can be used to add to the richness of the story and provide a distraction or comic relief to the reader.

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein
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Protagonist

A protagonist is the main character and driver of the story. It creates movement of the plot and engages the reader’s imagination and empathy. The protagonist usually has character traits that readers identify with and is usually the hero or heroine of the story. This is not always true, with protagonists that can be evil, or even neutral to make things interesting for ther reader.  The protagonist usually solves the conundrum in the story, or provides for a solution to the moral dilemma presented within the theme taken by the writer.

Antagonist

An antagonist is the counter character to the protagonist, creating friction and problems for the protagonist to negate. The antagonist is the other driver of the plot and, together with the antagonist, moves the plot to its conclusion. The antagonist presents a counter balance to the protagonist and could give a valuable insight for the reader into the protagonists character/actions/decisions. Again, the antagonist might be evil in nature, or could even be a hero in the story, which gives a twist to the general perception and again, makes things interesting for the reader.

Character Development

Dynamic Character

A dynamic character undergoes personality changes in the story plot, developing into another character or attaining a different outlook/experience. It usually takes a pivotal event in the plot where the character experiences monumental tasks and readjusts to cater for the change.

Static Character

A static character does not undergo any changes in the story. Usually static characters does not undergo any changes because throughout the story, a static character is hardly affected by climactic problems and soldiers on solving it.

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Instrumental Characters

Round Characters

A round character is fully developed to be complex and realistic. Depth of character and attention to details makes round characters malleable to changes in the plot and readers sympathise with round characters easily through empathy. Round characters also mimic reality and gives readers an insight into the character and keeps the story interesting.

Flat Characters

The reverse of round characters, flat characters are not fully delineated and usually only has one or two traits to carry through the story. Usually not the main character in the story, flat characters are important tools used to provide comic relief, or even instrumental to a change in the plot.

Foil

A foil is a character that contrasts another main character to make readers appreciate the difference. The intention of the foil is to make readers understand the other character its “foiling” better.

Symbolic 

A symbolic character is a character that symbolises certain ideas or morals of society. The intention of symbolic characters are for readers to identify the hidden trademarks within the story and see its relevance to the theme of the story. It denotes clever writing and makes the reader appreciate its intelligence and its intrinsic fabrication by the writer.

Science is FUN! – Transportation of Water in Plants

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This week in Science, we learn about the plant’s transport system and zoomed in on how water is transported from the roots to the other parts of the plant through the xylem tubes. To demonstrate this, we conducted a simple and fun activity that is easy to carry out at home as well.

Materials required:

  • Fresh white chrysanthemum or carnation
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Plastic bottle

Procedure:

  1. Pour 1 cup of water into the plastic bottle and mix in 1/4 cup of food coloring.
  2. Trim the stalk of the flower using a pair of kitchen scissors at an angle such that the base is pointed and not flat. (Water absorption may be affected if the base is flat and the stalk sits at the bottom of the bottle.)
  3. Place the flower in the colored water and watch the petals change color!

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